Teddy bears invade Dobbins Elementary


Neighbors | Shaiyla Hakeem .Dobbins' Sophia Lambert (front left), Kristina Tufaro and George Marantis received help from Poland Seminary High School seniors Anthony Machi (back left) and Zack Vardauas at their kindergarten tea. The high schoolers helped serve the kindergartners their snacks.


Neighbors | Shaiyla Hakeem .Dobbins kindergartners Rachel Steele (front left), Logan Boano, Alyssa Glaros and Makenna Bricker went looking for a bear cub in the cave that teachers Elaine Fabrizi (back left) and Stephanie Mateja built. Teddy Bear Day, Oct. 1, featured a bear hunt, storytime, baking class and tea.


Neighbors | Shaiyla Hakeem .Dobbins kindergartners Andrew Slaven (left) and Carson Maurer held the items that will be given to the bear cub of the week. Each week features a different student.


Neighbors | Shaiyla Hakeem .Kindergartners Nathan Soubeyrand (left), Drake Trolio and Evan Stefancin enjoyed cake and ice cream during their teddy bear tea Oct. 1. The students helped make the chocolate cake, which was teddy bear shaped.

Teddy bears of all shapes, sizes and colors were seen in the hallways of Dobbins Elementary Oct. 1 in the hands of its kindergartners.

The students participated in Teddy Bear Day which included several different bear-themed activities. Students brought their favorite teddy bears to school and kept them by their side the entire day.

Students participated in a bear hunt inside the school, compared their bears’ sizes, weight and color to their classmates’ bears, learned about measurements as they helped bake a teddy bear cake, enjoyed bear tales during their storytime and watched a movie while eating at their tea party.

Kindergarten teacher Elaine Fabrizi said she has always loved bears. She loved them so much, she incorporated the theme into her teaching.

“I liked bears so much and had so much literature on them, I decided to make my room Bearsville,” she said.

Bearsville, originated 26 years ago by Fabrizi, is the grade theme for kindergartners. Each week, a student is featured a bear cub and takes home a special backpack and fury friend — Paddington Bear.

Paddington is a classic children’s literature figure that travels to different places. The students must keep record of what they and Paddington do after school. They then share the activities with their classmates.

At the end of the week, the featured bear cub brings in a special guest to talk to their class. Guest have included parents, grandparents and family friends who have shared their occupations and hobbies with the students.

The bear cub of the week features a different student each week and rotates throughout the school year.

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